Virtual Visits

Why Visit Virtually?

Accessibility of Professionals
Eliminate long distance charges

Opportunities and Ideas

Imagine learning a foreign language from a peer who is learning English.
Imagine having an artist critique a student's work.
Professional Development

Different Types of Virtual Visits

  • Online Chat
  • Audio-conferencing
  • Videoconferencing
  • one-to-one
  • one-to-many (multi-cast)
  • many-to-many (multi-point)


Instant Messaging
Online Conference
  • Microsoft Net Meeting Share your desktop with others as you discuss what they are seeing. This is an excellent way to offer technology help and instruction or discuss images and slide presentations.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
  • Skype Make plans to communicate with others via Skype or try out a Skypecast by clicking the "live" tab.
  • Polycom Randolph School owns a Polycom system, prefect for crystal clear video conferencing.

What Is Needed?

This can vary depending on the type of visit you wish to organize.

Learn More

Ask an Expert Sources This site has links to experts who are willing to teleconference with classes.
Epals Connect with classrooms around the world. Registration is free.
Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration This site offers possibilities for current online communication and an archive of past uses for ideasGlobal Education on a Dime An article from EduTopia
Virtual School at Vanderbilt University
The Vanderbilt Virtual School partners with schools and community groups to make the most powerful use of technology for their organizations. Examine the catalog online for a list of classes. Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions portion of the website for more information. During the 2007-2008 school year, classes were $75.
NING for Videoconferencing Site Coordinators
Join this social network to ask questions, learn what has worked for others and share your own success stories.
Videoconferencing Guidebook This collection of links can help you do everything from
MAGPI Programs Look for programs
Videoconference Adventures Explore this list of virtual field trips and conference opportunities for education.
Argonne National Laboratory: Division of Educational Programs Check here for K-12 science opportunities.
Virtual Scientist Vanderbilt offers videoconferences with scientists.
National Air and Space Museum This museum offers videoconference classes.
Cincinnati Art Museum Participate in the Museum Video Classroom.
Philadelphia Museum of Art

John Lunn
This author visits using live streaming video and a telephone line.
Chris Crutcher
This author of Whaletalk and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrne will participate in virtual visits.
Meg Cabot
This author has a MySpace page where fans can ask questions.
Linda Sue Park
Online chat is $250 for one hour, which includes a 5-minute test of the technology the day before the event. The chat is conducted using a private chat room on the AOL Instant Messenger service.
Gary D. Schmidt
The author of The Wednesday Wars and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
has video conferenced with schools through the ASK program.
Ben Mikaelsen
The author of Touching Spirit Bear, Stranded and Tree Girl has information about videoconferencing.

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